poems and books

gold leaves
drift to ground
sunbeam
on the water

reading
a devotional book
names of authors
in small print

Quiet Christmas Poetry, by contrast, is a large print book.  I still remember sharing with an older relative in 2014, and my aunt said, “Oh, I can read this.”  Karl and I created this book from my Christmas site.

I am grateful for different books,
which seem to work well at different times.

fragrance of leaves
in the gardens
what good friends
we became
as we grew older

reading the poets
of my parents’
generation
their voices
return

we hold the door
for older people
memories of Mom

The previous three poems are published in the book:  They Gave Us Life: Celebrating MothersFathers & Others in Haiku; Edited by Robert Epstein (2017, Middle Island Press). As noted in the book, “reading the poets” was also published in SMILE, 2010.

September 2017 – November 2017
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Ellen Grace Olinger

turning the vase

turning the vase
of flowers
learning
there are
more roses

This is one of my grief poems, and it was published in Bell’s Letters Poet awhile ago.

February 2019: Some poems are simply gifts. Here are a few more of my poems that seem to belong with this poem. Here and there, I am working on a new large print chapbook. Our first large print book is Quiet Christmas Poetry (2014).

clouds and yet
enough light
to fill a jam jar
with the last
of the carnations

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

losses in life
low setting sun
through branches of trees
now rises again
as birds quietly sing

Poems From Oostburg, Wisconsin

Ellen Grace Olinger
December 2013 and February 2019
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roses in the sun

We are working on a second large print chapbook, in the same style as Quiet Christmas Poetry.  The theme is Wisconsin Seasons and Encouragement.

roses in the sun
some ending
some beginning
and some in full bloom
good to grow older

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Poem and photo are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Quiet Christmas Poetry

holiness
and humility
Christmas

Northern sun
shines on frozen beach
still the days grow shorter
shadow of poinsettia
on the wall

tree branches
and winter white sky
poem on the page

Christmas night sky
becomes sunrise
tree branches
covered with ice
glisten in the sun

looking at trees
I remember prayers
of friends

These are poems from Quiet Christmas Poetry.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes

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reading
a devotional book
names of authors
in small print

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Quiet Christmas Poetry, by contrast, is a large print book.  I still remember sharing with an older relative in 2014, and my aunt said, “Oh, I can read this.”  Karl and I created this book from my Christmas site.  I am grateful for different books, which seem to work well at different times.

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lichen

Lichen photo by Paul Sherman at wpclipart.

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I took this photo in November 2016.

 

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Ellen Grace Olinger